Ukraine Receives Military Equipment to Counter Russia’s Expected Surge in Landmine Usage


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(Forbes) The recent military aid package from the United States to Ukraine included equipment specifically designed for mine warfare, including mine rollers, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing. These systems are indicative of an issue that Ukraine will face as the war continues – landmines. Although, landmines have been used throughout the conflict, Russian mine usage will likely escalate as they try to halt the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

The Russian arsenal includes a wide array of anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. Doctrinally, mines are used as a deterrent, preventing enemy forces from moving into key terrain or accessing mobility corridors (e.g., roads, bridges). Breaching a minefield is a tedious process, during which time the enemy forces are moving slowly, making them easy targets for Russian artillery.

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Published: Thursday, January 26, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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